I’m always looking for ways to incorporate a bit more meaning into my yoga classes, so I’m not just teaching asana. One way I incorporate more meaning into my yoga classes is by offering quotes from some of my favorite teachers. I find these inspirational quotes in books, online, and in discussions with friends and family. Yoga is so much more than asana… although I’m not gonna lie, most of us start off on a purely physical path and that’s okay. As our practice evolves and our awareness expands we learn so much more than we ever intended to. Here is a lovely inspirational quote from Thich Nhat Hanh on being in the present moment and finding happiness.
I was going through my quote document today and I found this quote and it seemed so poignant with everything going on in the world. Share your light fellow yogis and yoginis.
Here is the quote for those of you who aren’t able to see the image.
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
Thich Nhat Hanh
I placed this quote over an image from Itha108’s site showcasing organic produce from Ithaca and Kefalonia. Itha108 is our host this year for our Pure Bliss Greek Island Yoga Retreat on Ithaca. Check it out.